The Children’s Music Studio of Estonian Radio (founded in 1955) has 4 choirs: preparatory choir, young children’s choir, children’s choir and girls’ choir, all working with Kadri Hunt (chief conductor and artistic director), Kaie Tanner (conductor), Anu Aimla (vocal coach), Märt Agu (dance teacher) and Inta Roost (solfeggio).
One of the main tasks for Estonian Radio choirs is recording children’s and youth music by Estonian composers. By today they have released 17 CDs under the label of Estonian Public Broadcast. CD „Songs of Childhood“ with children’s songs by Arvo Pärt, which was released in October 2015, was awarded Golden Disc Prize as the best-selling CD in Estonia in 2015.
Estonian Radio Children’s Choir consists of 28 girls and boys at the age of 11-14. They come from different schools from Tallinn and other places, many of them also study some instrument in music school. Choir’s repertoire ranges from medieval music to contemporary works, folk programs with choreography and pop-jazz music. Children have toured both in Estonia and abroad: Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Latvia, Norway, Poland, Sweden and USA. Since 2007 they have participated in all Estonian Song Celebrations.
Children’s choir has given several concerts in co-operation with professional concert agencies and festival organisers, as Eesti Kontsert, Viru Folk and Jazzkaar; and they regularly record for Estonian Television and Estonian Radio.
The most significant highlights of Children’s Choir of Estonian Radio during past years:
Presentation concert of choir’s CD „Sound of Love“ in co-operation of Estonian pop musicians in 2018
Performances of oratorio „Soul Birds“ by Rein Rannap with Estonian National Girls’ Choir and symphony orchestra in 2018
Performing in the Premiere Concert of Estonian Contemporary Composers in 2018
Participation in the International Choir Festival „Limerick Sings“ in Ireland, 2018
Participation in the 1st European School Choirs’ Festival „L’Europe de mes rêves“ in France, 2017
Concerts in Schumannfest in Bonn and Königswinter (Germany), 2016
Highest result – diploma with 3 gold stamps in Tampere International Choir Festival 2015
Gold medal and 3rd placement in young children’s choirs’ category in World Choir Games in Riga 2014.
The repertoire of Estonian Radio Children’s Choir ranges from medieval music to contemporary works, folk programs with choreography and pop-jazz music.
Kadri Hunt (b. 1964) is a choral conductor, singer, composer, arranger and music teacher. From 1990 she works with choirs of Collegium Educationis of Tallinn, from 1995 she is also conductor of St Michael’s Boys’ Choir, which repertory consists of Gregorian chant, old sacred music, folk hymns and folk songs. Kadri Hunt is the chief conductor of Children’s Singing Studio of Estonian Radio since 1999.
Kadri has been an atelier leader in several Estonian children’s choirs festivals, conducted joint choirs in Estonian Song Celebrations and Church Song Festivals. 2011 she was the leader of open singing in the 6th International Children and Youth Choirs Festival Europa Cantat junior, in 2015 she was atelier conductor in EUROPA CANTAT festival in Pecs, Hungary and in 2018 in EUROPA CANTAT festival in Tallinn.
Kadri’s choral works have been performed by choirs both in Estonia and abroad, also in several Estonian Song Celebrations.
Kadri Hunt is also active as a soloist, sings in sacred music ensemble Heinavanker (since 1997), Gregorian chant ensemble Vox Clamantis (since 2001) and has also performed with Capella Royal de Catalunya and Jordi Savall. As a singer she has recorded 6 CDs.
Kaie Tanner (b. 1975) is choral conductor and manager. She holds the position of Secretary General in Estonian Choral Association and conducts the choirs of Children’s Music Studio of Estonian Radio since 2010.
Kaie Tanner has conducted children’s choirs in several Estonian Song Celebrations, Church Song Festivals and Estonian Mixed Choirs Festivals, conducted workshops and made presentations at numerous Estonian and international festivals and conferences, published articles in Estonian and international magazines and newspapers, worked in juries of international choir festivals (Bejing, Neerpelt, Hong Kong) etc.
Kaie Tanner is the president of Choral Festival Network and Board Member of Estonian Music Development Centre and Estonian Choral Association. Since 2001 she has organised several Estonian and international choral festivals, competitions and singing weeks.